TEN QUESTIONS: Newsie Mom – Greenville Daily News | Wonder Mind Kids

This is part two of a special end-of-year edition of our weekly ten-question feature, this time featuring a profile of newsroom staff working at the Daily News.

1. Who are you? Elizabeth Waldon, 44, of Howard City/Winfield Parish. mother of two. Proud homeschool dork. Eldest of the seven legendary Waldon siblings. News editor of your favorite home newspaper.

Elizabeth Waldon

2. Describe your job duties/responsibilities in 50 words or less: Includes county governments, local governments, courts/crime and any other random stuff that pops up. Assign stories to our news reporters and edit their stories. Laying out sides (Darrin Clark is much better at this). Updating our website and social media accounts.

3. What is your favorite part about your job? What’s the biggest challenge? My favorite part is meeting so many interesting people from different walks of life and capturing our shared local history for posterity. At this job, every day is different. The biggest challenge: misinformation. People making negative assumptions without reading past the headline. And pretty much everything Facebook related.

4. What is your favorite bar/restaurant in Ionia County or Montcalm County and why? The Forager in Howard City never disappoints. I love their fried chicken, beet and goat cheese salad and French onion soup. Village Kupps in Lakeview has a delicious and healthy selection of Buddha Bowls. At El Jalapeño in Greenville, the camarones ala diabla (spicy shrimp) are ridiculously good. And I have to drink coffee every day – some of my favorite coffee shops are Village Kupps, Frugthaven in Greenville and Sozo’s in Ionia.

5. What is a hidden gem in Ionia County or Montcalm County that most people might not know about? Minnie Farmer Park just outside of Howard City. It’s not a big park, more of a pavilion on a tiny strip of land next to the Tamarack Creek that floods the parking lot every spring, but it does have an artisanal fountain with the most delicious, cold drinking water — a perfect place to stop after a walk, run, or To go biking. And fun fact: Minnie Farmer was editor and editor of the Howard City Record in the 1950s and 1960s. I bet she was an interesting woman.

6. What TV shows/movies/books have you enjoyed in the past year and why? The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime was a fun surprise. I’m looking forward to the second season. The last really good book I read was Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro (2005). My brother gave me the book for my birthday this fall – it was beautifully devastating. I’m reading Tim Alberta’s American Carnage, which offers fascinating behind-the-scenes insight and context into how dramatically the Republican Party has changed over the past 20 years, which in part led to the election of Donald Trump. Also, I’m re-reading John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row (1945) – he knows how to write a good sentence.

7. What music/podcast/radio stations do you usually listen to while driving around at work? I listen to most music on Pandora these days. All sorts of genres, depending on your mood. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Bleachers (Jack Antonoff), Vampire Weekend, Great Lakes Swimmers, I See Hawks In LA and The 1975. And of course Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Lucinda Williams are always there for me when I need them.

8. How do you spend your time when you are not working? Homeschooling my two daughters (11 and 9) takes a lot of time, but it is extremely rewarding and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I also enjoy gardening: I grew zinnias for the first time this year and they turned out beautiful and inspired me to grow even more flowers next spring. I dream of having my own greenhouse (with lots of stained glass windows in the classic Victorian style as I dream of) so I can tinker with plants during the cold months. I also want to get into beekeeping to grow my own honey.

9. What was the most interesting piece of news/topic you covered in the Daily News last year and why? The wind and solar debate (big surprise, I know). It went from 100 people attending community board meetings via Zoom in 2020, over 50 people attending meetings in person in 2021, to about 30 people attending meetings this year, but while attending meetings somewhat going back, are the lasting consequences historic – I mean, seven long-time municipal officials removed and five wind or solar ordinances shot down in November’s general election? That makes fascinating local journalism.

10. What do you think will be the biggest local news story of 2023? I foresee many meetings of the Community Zoning Appeals Committee calling for wind/solar offsets and/or many court hearings on the same issue.

Elisabeth Waldon can be reached by email at ewaldon@thedailynews.cc, by phone at (616) 548-8276 or on Twitter at @elisabethwaldon


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